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Model Agnostic Peer-to-Peer Learning for Heterogeneous Personalized Models


Core Concepts
MAPL jointly learns heterogeneous personalized models and a collaboration graph in a decentralized peer-to-peer setting, without relying on a central server.
Abstract
The content discusses Model Agnostic Peer-to-Peer Learning (MAPL), a novel approach for learning heterogeneous personalized models in a decentralized setting. Key highlights: MAPL operates in a model heterogeneous peer-to-peer (P2P) setting, where each client has a different feature extraction backbone. It consists of two main modules: Personalized Model Learning (PML): Learns personalized models using a combination of intra-client contrastive loss and inter-client prototype alignment. Collaborative Graph Learning (CGL): Dynamically refines the collaboration graph based on local task similarities in a privacy-preserving manner. MAPL jointly optimizes the personalized models and the collaboration graph in an alternating fashion. Extensive experiments demonstrate that MAPL outperforms state-of-the-art centralized model-agnostic federated learning approaches, without relying on a central server. MAPL can effectively identify clients with similar data distributions and learn an optimal collaboration graph.
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The number of clients M is varied between 10 and 20. Each client has access to a local dataset of 300 samples per class, with varying degrees of label distribution skew and statistical heterogeneity across clients. Client models use different feature extraction backbones, including GoogLeNet, ShuffleNet, ResNet18, and AlexNet.
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"MAPL jointly learns personalized models and a collaboration graph in a decentralized peer-to-peer setting, without relying on a central server." "MAPL outperforms state-of-the-art centralized model-agnostic federated learning approaches in extensive experiments."

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by Sayak Mukher... at arxiv.org 04-01-2024

https://arxiv.org/pdf/2403.19792.pdf
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How can MAPL be extended to handle concept drift or non-stationary data distributions across clients

To extend MAPL to handle concept drift or non-stationary data distributions across clients, we can introduce mechanisms for adaptive learning and continual model updating. One approach could involve incorporating online learning techniques that allow the model to adapt to new data distributions in real-time. This could include techniques such as incremental learning, where the model is updated gradually as new data arrives, or using ensemble methods to combine multiple models trained on different data distributions. Additionally, incorporating techniques like domain adaptation or transfer learning can help the model generalize better to new data distributions. By continuously monitoring the performance of the model and updating it based on the evolving data distributions, MAPL can effectively handle concept drift and non-stationarity.

What are the potential security and privacy implications of the learned collaboration graph in MAPL

The learned collaboration graph in MAPL raises important considerations regarding security and privacy. One potential implication is the risk of information leakage or privacy breaches if sensitive information is inadvertently shared through the collaboration graph. To mitigate this risk, techniques such as differential privacy can be employed to ensure that individual client data remains confidential during the collaboration process. Additionally, secure multi-party computation protocols can be used to protect the privacy of client data while allowing for collaborative learning. It is crucial to implement robust encryption and authentication mechanisms to safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of the collaboration graph and ensure that sensitive information is not compromised.

How can the principles of MAPL be applied to other decentralized learning scenarios, such as multi-task learning or cross-silo federated learning

The principles of MAPL can be applied to other decentralized learning scenarios, such as multi-task learning or cross-silo federated learning, by adapting the personalized model learning and collaboration graph learning components to suit the specific requirements of these scenarios. In the case of multi-task learning, MAPL can be extended to jointly learn personalized models for multiple tasks while leveraging the collaboration graph to identify task similarities and facilitate knowledge sharing among clients. For cross-silo federated learning, MAPL can be modified to accommodate the communication and collaboration between different silos or organizations, ensuring that data privacy and security are maintained across disparate entities. By customizing the MAPL framework to address the unique challenges of multi-task learning and cross-silo federated learning, it can enable effective decentralized collaboration in a variety of settings.
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